In this Agronomic Minute Ken walks through a couple of tips of what to look for during the pollination window, why uneven tasseling means more trips to the field, and what to check on before applying your fungicide.
Non-GMO growers should be on the lookout for corn borers. Ken recommends putting out a trap to be aware of the amount of pressure in your corn fields, especially as plants reach 18 inches or taller. Once their presence is detected, then he recommends pulling the whirl in the shot hole plants to [...]
Planting beans early to encourage pre-solstice flowering is focusing on adding more pods at the base of the plant. The pods need to be ½ inch or longer in length to make them more stable before the rows close to be able to hang onto those pods. Adding 2 pods per plant can [...]
Soybeans can also experience a carbon penalty if they are V4 or smaller when the carbon penalty period hits. Depending on size of the bean, it can take a couple of weeks to come out of the stall.
As nighttime temperatures get above 65 degrees we start to see the effects of the carbon penalty. The explosion of the microbial population can cause issues for growing plants if not managed properly.
Your cutworm pressure will be affected by each field’s environment. Ken gives growers a comparison between two different trap locations and demonstrates the need to be tracking cutworm pressure in the fields with cover.
Ken gives a lot of practical advice in this video for how to determine not only if you should replant or not, but also where to set yield expectations for this fall. He also discusses what other pest scouts need to be on the lookout for and how that factors into decisions [...]